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Nearby points of interest

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  2. Distance: 1.05mi
  3. Distance: 1.32mi
  4. Distance: 1.35mi

About El Torito Grill - Brea

El Torito Grill features specialty menu items created by the Company's executive chef, Pepe Lopez, including mesquite broiled fish and steaks, as well as Mexican combination platters. Salads and soups are also available for both lunch and dinner.

To compliment the range of specialty items, El Torito Grill offers a wide selection of upscale margaritas, in addition to a complete list of Mexican beers and cocktails.

555 Pointe Dr
Brea, CA 92821
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Monday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 2:00pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 2pm- 10pm

Sunday Brunch:
9:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Lambert Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 990-2411

Website:
http://www.etgrill.com/

Catering:
El Torito Grill offers our catering services anytime anywhere with a great variety of plated luncheon or dinner as well as lavish buffets.

Whether you choose to host your next business or social event at a personal residence, outdoor locations or our beautiful restaurants, you may rest assured that any gathering with us is a truly fun and memorable event that suits your goals, occasion and budget.

Executive Chef:
Pepe Lopez

Private Party Facilities:
Treat your guests to a FLAVOR EVOLUTION experience.

Private Party Contact:
Suzanne Ohman: (949) 306-2795

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

El Torito Grill - Brea Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (3)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 31, 2018

We come to El Torito Grill in Brea a few times a year. I love the handmade tortillas that you will see being made as you walk in. The food is great. We enjoy the tableside made guacamole. The portions are not too large since this is an upscale Mexican restaurant. You won't find an unappetizing splat of rice and beans on your plate.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 22, 2018

Our waiter was amazing. I wish I could remember his name.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is always great and our server was fantastic. Highly recommend this place!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on March 1, 2018

I loved it! Thought I'd never see another El Torito Grill since the Torrance location closed. I don't know why it closed, there's nothing like it available unless you're accustomed to it at home. Honey-butter with handmade fresh tortillas & mesquite salsa are just the free appetizers you get while you wait. I love that stuff - hot buttered tortilla. Then comes a favorite of mine- the chile relleno. But the way they do it is the bomb! When the fork breaks the skin, the cheese ooozes out and omg! Please don't close this place down. It's so worth the drive from L.A. Harbor. Black bean dip too. Blue corn enchiladas, pico De gallo (guacamole style). If you enjoy good South West / Mexican cuisine, this is the place

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 28, 2018

Service was very good. Food..terrible! Everyone's food was cold or lukewarm. One had the tortilla soup..found no tortilla nor very little chicken. Won't be returning..sorry!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food.

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·Dined on February 15, 2018

First time there, & they had amazing customer service. The quality of the food was great.! Definitely will go back.

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·Dined on February 15, 2018

We had dinner here for Valentine's Day at the last minute. Our other plans fell through and El Torito Grill saved the day and had an opening for our special day. Thank you - we will definitely come back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service and beautiful place , I was completely satisfied.. definitely recommended this place!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great find for my Valentine's Day dinner! Although the restaurant was understandably busy that night, the food and cocktails were delivered in a timely manner. Would definitely return!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2018

This place is always great, excellent food and the best service you can get.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We came for a combination Valentines / birthday celebration because I absolutely love the chicken enchiladas with creamy chipoltle sauce and the hot, freshly made tortillas with honey butter. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 12, 2018

Bar seating area isn't very nice or comfortable. Food was pretty good though.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always come here with family staff treats us very good like if I was family excellent service

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Anthony is an excellent waiter. He belongs in a 5 star restaurant

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The restaurant was crowded that evening.
They seemed very short handed and our server never introduced himself or said he'd be right with us. We finally called a manager over to take our food order.
Our table seemed forgotten most of the meal when we asked for another napkin it never came, finally a bus boy bought us one after asking again. Overall service was bad and from here on in will only go in the bar for drinks and food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very busy Friday night, the restaurant was packed. We had a birthday celebration for a great friend. Waiters sang to the guest of honor.
They did a great job for handling so many diners!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great time at the bar at happy hour. Bartender friendly and very accommodating !

Host came up to us at bar to say our reserved table was ready. We got there early to have a drink at the bar.

Food was excellent! We had a great time. My husband and we’re celebrating that he got a new job and starts on Monday!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Service and ambience very good. Food suprisingly not great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had reservation but had to wait 30 minutes. Server was way too busy and forgot about us.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I use this app a lot. I typically have a great overall experience. However, this time was very upsetting. The service was terrible. We had to ask for things multiple times. Our server was nowhere to be found for quite some time. And even gave us the wrong bill at the end. Then to find out that the host never even checked us in for our reservation, when i saw her pull it up on the iPad, just topped it all off as an awful dinner. We will never go back here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great as always! Love their fresh made flour tortillas😋

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I have been here several times prior to this visit. I recommended this place so I can unite two families. We were greeted, seated and drink orders taken rather quickly. Appetizers came out equally as quick. When the entrees came out they looked as if they have been sitting under a heat lamp. The cheese in my enchiladas was cool and not cooked all the way through. The fajitas weren’t sizzling and we waited ten minutes after the entrees came for corn tortillas. Was not an enjoyable evening food wise.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The El Torito Grill used to be a "go to" place where you could count on good service and quality food. Over the past couple of years, service has been inconsistent and the food preparation has not met expectations. There always seems to be a mishap with our order including this most recent visit. And, this time, I noted that a server was moving a table next to us causing a plate to fall and shatter on the floor and no one bothered to sweep it up! There was glass all over the floor and folks were wearing sandals and open faced shoes. The host ended up seating a party at the table where this occurred. Not sure if I'm ready to give ET Grill another chance.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Last minutes business lunch for party of 12. Great service and food.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Birthday celebration. Great food. Nice ambiance

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a great time at this restaurant. The staff was very helpful and the food was very good. We will definitely make a future reservation at El Toronto Grill soon.

Tags: Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I recently had my Mother's Birthday Dinner at El Torito Grill in Brea. Had a great experience before. We had a total of 12 people. Our server did not come to our table that often at all and there was even a time that maybe he was gone for 30-40 minutes to check up on us. Some of our guests had to go in the back to get refills by themselves. The server was really nice but not attentive to our table. After we were finished with our food everyone waited almost another 30 minutes till I got up and looked for our server who I ended up asking another worker to get him. Waited a while to get the check back and still ended up getting the to-go boxes on our own in the back.

PS. Please please please put on the menu that all of the food is served with cotija cheese. I do not know many people who like that kind of smelly cheese. Its basically the same as putting parmesan cheese on Mexican food. Most people are not fans and its unfortunate to remake a dish if the menu doesn't have all of the ingredients that is on top of the food.

Most of our food was warm but not hot, and all of the tortillas were cold and was not replaced during our meal. It was very nice to have the staff put my cake in the fridge and bring plates and flan for my mother. Maybe it was an off day but I do like the normal El Torito in Orange.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I used Open Table to reserve seats
I noted on the reservation it was my sons birthday
Dinner service was slow. Then we got our chicken fajitas. Wow six strips of chicken.
Then the Waiter disappeared
We figured they must be getting the crew together for the birthday thing-
Nope when he reappeared he walked up and handed us the bill-
We just figured it’s time to go
Then to top it off they reported to Open Table we never arrived for the reservation
Made it for 6pm
Arrived 603

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Romantic, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

First time there. Food was very good. Had the chicken Mole and it was excellent. Mole sauce seasoned great for my taste. What was a pleasant surprise was the tortillas. They have an open station in the restaurant where staff have the equipment to make fresh ones. You get hot fresh tortillas to your table. The hot ones were almost the best part of the meal. And their complimentary to boot

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a wonderful time at El Torito Grill in Brea. Our server was excellent (I'm sorry I can't remember her name) She was super friendly, helpful, and fast. The food was tasty and came out in a timely manner. We were there for a birthday, and they helped our table sing and celebrate very well. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent service. Nice interior decor and comfortable oudoor patio. There were six of us and each ordered different entrees. Generally small portions at relatively expensive prices as compared to similar Mexican restaurants.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Walked in to find out that my open table reservation was not found in the system, they were still able to see us with a very minor wait. We had sat down to find out that we didn't have an assigned waiter, a different waiter picked up the slack and we enjoyed a dinner. Minus drink mixups and last of silverware all work out my the end of the evening.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 18, 2017

One of my favorite place to eat in Brea.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was ok and was over priced. Our server was very nice.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I made reservations on line for brunch but unfortunately was not accepted. The hostess did sit us quickly on a table.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 1, 2017

On taco Tuesday be prepared to wait half an hour to be served to order

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Love El Torito!. Used the on-line reservation for this occasion because we had a party of 8. I confirmed our reservation when I arrived, but unfortunately was forgotton. Waited about 45 minutes and was finally asked by a "seater" whether we had checked in. Walk-in are placed on a written list. On-line reservations are on a ipad that apparently isn't checked again after you arrive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Love the food, great service, and pleasant ambiance. Highly Recommend this place for any occasion.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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